In the eighth inning of Game 1 of the AL Wild Card series between the Athletics and White Sox, Oakland reliever Joakim Soria gave up a solo home run to Yasmani Grandal to push Chicago's lead to 4-0 in what would be a 4-1 win.
For White Sox fans, it was a moment of excitement. For Athletics fans, it was a moment of sadness. For Orioles supporters, it was a moment of familiarity.
Joakim Soria has never pitched for the Orioles, but his name lives in infamy for Baltimore fans.
Back in 2014, Soria was on the mound in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the 2014 ALDS between the Orioles and Detroit Tigers. It was at that moment when Baltimore's Delmon Young ripped a pitch from Soria down the left field line with the bases loaded. The Orioles 6-4 deficit became a 7-6 lead.
Baltimore would go on to win the series 3-0.
Now, six seasons later, it appears that Soria is still having trouble performing in the eighth inning of big postseason games. This ball went to right field, and the White Sox were already winning, but the swing could still bring back a feeling of déjà vu for many.
Are you telling me that Joakim Soria gave up runs in the 8th inning of a postseason game????? pic.twitter.com/o1aQSZ2CBC— Locked On Orioles (@LockedOnOrioles) September 29, 2020
While the Orioles are sitting home this October, the moment allows the trolling and memory of the magical 2014 season to live another day.